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Saturday, September 29, 2012

8 Weeks and Counting!

For those of you who haven't met yet, I'm pleased to introduce my dearest travel companion, Barbara.  We met at the Sierra Nevada Endurance Run 25-miler I competed in last September and have been traveling together ever since.  She's nervous about her first trip overseas but wouldn't dream of letting me go on my own!

Barbara at MedBow Peak, WY

It's hard to believe that after months of phone calls, paper work, waiting, doctor's appointments, and uncertainty our Peace Corps adventure begins in just over 8 weeks! Returned from a trip to the west coast last week where I had the opportunity to catch up with and say goodbye to my Sacramento life. Wonderful to return after being away for several months and still feel incredibly at home! We started out in Sacramento and headed all the way up to Mt. Rainier NP.  Stops included: Lassen NP, Crater Lake NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Portland, and the Lost Coast Trail.  Mind boggling how many beautiful places and good friends we were able to see along the way!

The scamps at Mt. Rainier
But now I'm back in the midwest enjoying a beautiful Ohio autumn-- my favorite season-- and my upcoming travels are becoming more real by the minute! Those of you who thought the paperwork ended once medical clearance had been issued are in for a big surprise. With vaccinations, loan deferment, and paperwork to take care of it hardly even feels like I'm unemployed, for better or worse. And don't even get me started on the daunting task of packing! I've given myself the next week off before I need to start getting serious about it. Eeeeek!

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